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Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC) – San Francisco, CA


November 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Course Overview

PSOC is designed exclusively for private security, Federal Government, DoD and law enforcement professionals interested in learning modern methods for executive protection and personal security of high net-worth or ‘at-risk’ individuals. This five-day certification program is approved training by multiple Federal Government, state and corporate organizations, and is the only major university accredited protective services training program in the United States.


PSOC consists of (2) two training modules: Protection Agent Development (four days) and Protective Pistol Skills (one day).


Protection Agent Development teaches contemporary skills for low visibility personal security in permissive to semi-permissive environments where a low to moderate threat exists. This highly academic and practical application-based training course creates a comprehensive and balanced foundation for prospective or current members of protective details. Subject matter comprises the most progressive and relevant doctrine currently available for individuals seeking instruction in new EP practices.


Protective Pistol Skills is the weapons-centric component of PSOC and is entirely range-based. This format allows students to focus their attention on safe and practical use of a concealed handgun during protective operations. Students will learn both individual and team-based tactics with firearms as they apply to third-person/principal defense.


The primary goal of PSOC is to professionally educate and train those tasked with protective operations. Regardless of background or current assignment, students are trained to operate as a team. It is critical that protection agents exhibit professionalism, demonstrate fluid proficiency, and act with confidence in their abilities. To achieve and enforce this, students are held to a high standard and expected to perform during training. This is a certification course where various forms of testing and evaluation are utilized to measure the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for graduation. Attendance does not guarantee completion. Protection Agent Development (Module 1) and Protective Pistol Skills (Module 2) may be taken separately if desired. However, both modules must be successfully completed within a 12-month period in order to earn the full PSOC certificate.


Pre-requisite: None.


Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation.


All applicants must be approved to register:

Please submit a Restricted Program Approval Request

A course registration link will be sent upon approval. 


Commercial Cost: $1,495.00


GSA Cost: $1,316.00

Venue Details

San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Location: San Francisco Bay Area,CAUnited States

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